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    A New Hibiscus (sort of)

    I was all excited over this hibiscus when I saw it in the Feb Better Homes & Gardens, but after a search I see it's been around for awhile Guess I'll change my name to 'late to the party'.
    It's Fifth Dimension..it's described as single gun-metal gray-black with small red eye, white halo and veins. And orange edges that turn yellow as the day progresses.

    Stunning none the less..does anyone have it ?
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    My goodness!

    Cathy,
    That is absoutely beautiful! I don't have one but, I'd love to!
    Happy Growing,
    Vicki in West. Mich.

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    Here's another plant I came across in that same issue. I was really surprised to see that something could flower in the dead of winter. It's Witch Hazel(Hemamelis)...the flowers are contorted long 'strings' but they have some stunning yellows and reds that look great against snow or the drab tones of winter.
    Arnold Promise is yellow and flowers in February(good to -10).
    H. vernalis and virginiana are more robust.

    (That's snow on the plant)
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    How NEAT!!

    Cathy, I have seen flowers of beautiful hibiscus like that, but you rarely find those on the retail market. They are pretty, aren't they?

    Witch Hazel, blooming in the snow?

    Well, I do have the paperwhites in bloom, but no snow... Actually, it is pretty nifty when we do see snow around here which is RARE!

    Oh, and the camellias are in bloom....

    But no snow~~~
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    Oh Ann ! As soon as I read "Camellias" in your reply, I had an overwhelming childhood memory of the Camellias at an arboretum that we would visit in the middle of the dreary winter on Long Island. It was like an oasis and it was beautiful. And the Camellias ! I did a quick search, I couldn't remember the name of the place at first, and found a link. Funny enough guess what the flower of the month is right now...Camellias !

    http://www.plantingfields.com/02_03/plant_month.cfm

    Take a look at the pix of the Camellia House !
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    Hibiscus

    Wow, that's a beauty. I never see hibiscus like that here.
    Donna
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    Donna,

    There are some absolutely gorgeous hybrid hibiscus. Some must be grafted onto seed stock because they cannot survive on their own roots. These are typically very tropical and will not withstand any freeze at all which means very warm protection for the winter.

    Do a google search on tropical hibiscus images and you will see some really nice specimens. I don't have any rare ones, but a friend that I have made on the internet spoke at one of our local Master Gardener meetings, and he has offered some to me "when" I have time and find the space to protect them in the winter.

    They do overwinter fine in the home, but they need lots of sun to bloom and they tend to bloom better when it is cooler. They also like LOTS of humidity, and you have to watch for aphids.

    Enjoy!
    Ann B.
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    Donna- Ann is correct. Prepare to have your socks knocked off:

    http://hiddenvalleyhibiscus.com/pages/dimension.htm


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    Link

    Thanks, I'm going to check it out. I wonder if they ship to Canada?
    Donna

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